Box Score Recap – 4/4/2019

Play ball!  The minor leagues opened their seasons last night.  Four of the Phillies affiliates played.  Only Reading posted a victory.

Lehigh Valley (0-1) opened the season with their third consecutive season opening home loss (2015 and 2017).  They bowed to the Rochester Red Wings, 4-2. 

Cole Irvin pitched 5.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strike outs.  Both runs came on solo HRs.  Edgar Garcia followed with 2.0 innings and gave up the winning runs on a 2-run HR in the sixth.  Tom Windle walked 2 in a third of an inning.  Austin Davis ended the threat, stranding three inherited runners with two strike outs.  He struck out three in 1.2 innings.

The IronPigs flexed their offensive muscle in the first inning.  Trailing 1-0, Phil Gosselin and Dylan Cozens walked.  With two out, Mitch Walding picked up an RBI with a line drive single to right field. The IronPigs took a 2-1 lead when Cozens also scored on a throwing error on the play.

The IronPigs managed just two more hits, singles in the second and third innings.  A hit batter was erased by a double play in the fourth.  They didn’t get another base runner until a hit batter in the ninth.  IronPig batters struck out twice in every inning except the third and fourth, sixteen times on the evening.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos
  • #7 JoJo Romero
  • #10 Ranger Suarez
  • #16 Cole Irvin – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, HBP, 91 P/52 S
  • #28 Edgar Garcia – 2.0 ip, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 32 P/20 S

Reading (1-0) won at Portland, 4-0.  Four pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout.

Ramon Rosso pitched 5.0, 2-hit innings.  He walked two and struck out four.  Luke Leftwich pitched 2.0, no-hit innings.  He struck out three and hit a batter.  Trevor Bettencourt pitched a scoreless inning.  He allowed no hits, walked one, and struck out three.  Addison Russ struck out the side in the ninth inning.

The Phils scored first in the third inning on Mickey Moniak’s two-out, RBI double.  They added two more runs on Austin Bossart’s two-out, two-run single in the fourth.  And, they tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning when Luke Williams singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI single.

Luke Williams and Grenny Cumana had 2-hit games.  Williams and Darick Hall each stole a base.  Fifteen Phils struck out.  Our pitchers struck out 13 Sea Dogs.

  • #2 Adonis Medina
  • #3 Adam Haseley – went 1-4 with a double, BB
  • #9 Mickey Moniak  – went 1-4 with a double, RBI, BB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera
  • #21 David Parkinson
  • #22 Kyle Dohy
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph – went 0-4
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Clearwater (0-1) was blown out by the Dunedin Blue Jays 11-2.  Due to renovations at their field, the Jays were the home team at Spectrum Field.

Spencer Howard breezed through the first three innings, allowing one single (erased on a steal attempt) and striking out five.  The second time through the line up, he got hit hard.  He did retire rehabbing, future, Toronto Blue Jay Vlad Guerrero Jr, the two times he faced him, He was lifted after a strike out and a walk in the fifth inning.

Gustavo Armas entered and retired the next two batters.  Then he got lit in the sixth inning, retiring only one of the seven batters he faced.  Austin Ross entered and gave up a run-scoring single before retiring the next two batters.  He gave up a two-run HR in the eighth.  Jonathan Hennigan held the Jays scoreless in the ninth, but not until after a two-out fielding error made for another interesting inning.

The Threshers actually had an early lead on Edgar Cabral’s solo HR in the third inning.  They added a meaningless run on Cabral’s double in the ninth.

Cabral and Simon Muzziotti had 2-hit games. Roman Quinn went 1-3 with a walk in a nine-inning rehab stint.  Jake Scheiner, Matt Vierling, Daniel Brito, and Nick Maton also had base hits.  The Threshers drew one walk v. 11 K.

Rodolfo Duran threw out 1 of 3 base stealers.

  • #5 Spencer Howard (0-1, 6.23) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HR, 80 P/ 52 K
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti – went 2-4
  • #17 Kyle Young
  • #18 Nick Maton – went 1-4
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran – went 0-4
  • #20 Daniel Brito – went 1-4

Lakewood (0-1) lost to Hickory, 9-4.

The BlueClaws have as many as ten starting pitchers on their roster and will employ a piggy-back system along with their 6-man rotation.

Colton Eastman pitched two batters into the into the fifth inning before being lifted.  He had given up 4 runs to that point.  Tyler Carr Relieved and allowed both inherited runners to score.  Ethan Lindow started the sixth and gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings.  Gilmael Troya allowed an inherited runner to score in his two-thirds of an inning.

The BlueClaws kept pace for a while.  It was 4-4 as late as the fourth inning.  They had tied the game with a run in the third on a double steal (Bohm to second, Guzman to home).  They tied the game again with 3 runs in the fourth on Luis Garcia’s RBI single, and sacrifice flies by Guzman and James Smith.

The Claws were outhit 14-5.  Matt Kroon had 2 singles.  Garcia, Malvin Matos, and Rafael Marchan had one single each.

Bohm played 3B, Holmes DH-ed.  Garcia played 2B, Guzman played SS.

  • #1 Alec Bohm – went 0-4 with a BB
  • #4 Luis Garcia – went 1-4 with an RBI, HBP
  • #8 Francisco Morales
  • #14 Rafael Marchan – went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita

Unassigned Prospects

  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz
  • #27 Starlyn Castillo
  • #30 Manuel Silva

Williamsport finished the 2018 season 32-44 (.421) tied for last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

  • Last season’s #2 prospect, Alec Bohm saw limited action due to a knee injury he suffered when he was struck by a pitched ball on July 9th.  The 22-year old lost valuable development time and wasn’t activated again until August 20th.  He was hitting .192 when he went down.  He finished the season 14-55 (.255).
  • Last season’s #13 prospect, Francisco Morales (4-5, 5.27), was young for the league, yet he managed a 10.9 K/9.  However, he also posted a 5.3 BB9.
  • Last season’s #25 prospect, Kevin Gowdy, spent the 2018 season on the DL, rehabbing from TJ surgery.
  • Last season’s #26 prospect, Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60), made 9 starts striking out 41 in 35.0 innings.
  • Last season’s #28 prospect,  Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00), made 8 starts on an innings count.  He struck out 23 in 18 innings.

The GCL Phillies East finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in first place in the GCL North Division.  They lost a one-game semifinal on the road against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

  • Last season’s #24 prospect, Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64), made 10 appearances, 8 starts.  In limited action, he pitched 29.2 innings.  In a SSS, he posted a 1.180 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.5 K/9.
  • Second baseman Nicolas Torres was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team.  He slashed .302/340/.396/.736 and committed just 3 errors in 270.1 innings (.977).
  • Catcher Juan Aparicio was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team.  He slashed .339/.378/.518/.896, committed 2 errors in 118.1 innings (.983), and threw out 5 of 20 base stealers (25%).

The GCL Phillies West finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in second place in the GCL Northwest Division.

  • Last season’s #14 prospect, Luis Garcia, finished the season with a league best .369 AVG and third best .433 OBP.
  • Shortstop Luis Garcia was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team.  He slashed .369/.433/.488/.921.  He committed 5 errors in 353.2 innings (.969).

The DSL Phillies Red finished the 2018 season 31-40 (.437) in fifth place in the DSL South Division.

The DSL Phillies White finished the 2018 season 39-33 (.542) in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of March 31st.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL. Right calf strain
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Gift Ngoepe on the 7-day IL. Left shin contusion
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Yacksel Rios on the 7-day IL. Abdominal strain
4/4/2019 – Reading placed RHP Connor Seabold on the 7-day IL
4/4/2019 – LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – 1B Kyle Martin assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Clearwater placed RF Danny Mayer on the restricted list
4/4/2019 – Philadelphia sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – RHP Tyler Hallead assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East
4/4/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – GCL Phillies West released RHP Antonio Canizales

On a personal note, my five-year run is over.  I was informed Thursday night at the Threshers season ticket holder party that the Phillies had revoked the media pass I’ve held since 2014.  I’d like to say that this won’t affect the coverage I’ve provided these past seasons, but it will.  I won’t have access to the daily information packets provided to the media.  I won’t have the luxury of my laptop.  I won’t be able to track all the things I’ve become accustomed to tracking.   And, there will be occasions like tonight when I just don’t feel like going to the ball park and that feeling will win out when it hasn’t in the past.

This is a mandate from the Phillies baseball ops people against bloggers.  It is supposed to be applicable to all of their affiliates.  The Threshers are owned by the Phillies.  The other affiliates are individually owned and operated.  That appears to make a difference since I follow bloggers who still appear to be credentialed at other affiliates.  I’m holding my breath and waiting to see if I am denied access to the Complex.

I don’t understand this animosity toward bloggers.  I’ve been nothing but positive in my support of the organization, going so far as to penalize people for negative comments about players and such.  I don’t know what I’ve done, if I’ve done anything to warrant this.

 

93 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/4/2019

  1. Well, Jim, I feel very disappointed for you because you have put what seems like and incredible more than a full-time job’s effort into your reporting. Of course there are a number of Phillies bloggers and I can’t believe this is anything against you personally. But, while I know this doesn’t really help much I tremendously appreciate all you have done for this site!!

  2. This is extremely disconcerting to hear. The whole thing wreaks of one or two overly protective people inside the organization trying to flex their muscles. I hope they don’t become like the 76ers. Misinformation and miscommunication…and non-responsive to those who are only trying to get a reasonable answer, bloggers or not.

  3. So sorry to hear this. First thing I do in the morning is check this site out. You’ll be missed Jim. Thanks for everything you do and the effort you put into it. This truly sucks.

  4. So sorry to hear this. This is where I come first thing in the morning. Thanks for everything Jim.

  5. This has to come from Andy McPhail and Matt Klentak. Two outsiders who have no understanding the passion of the fans. When Dave Montgomery was President, through good times and bad, the Phillies were family. Now, you get people who have no idea of that bond doing stuff like this. A shame. Jim is right. He monitors this site vigilantly and any unbecoming comments are met with severe punishment. It really is disappointing.

    1. The credentialing issue pre dates the new regime by at least a decade. It has recently moved to the minors, but the Phillies PR department has not only not credentialed bloggers, but has been openly hostile towards them.

    2. I doubt Andy McPhail and Matt Klentak are getting involved in whether Bloggers have access to minor league teams or not. This sounds like the sort of thing that if it ever actually made it to them, bad PR/Whatever, they would be annoyed they are even having to deal with it.

  6. WTF? Is there even much of a distinction between a “blog” and digital media anymore? I’m sure everyone’s rushing out to get today’s copy of NBC Sports Philadelphia at the local Wawa …

    1. This has already been settled, but in my experience they start using words like “online only” and “affiliated with professional news agency” although your point is well taken: It’s becoming harder and harder to find words to exclude folks.

  7. I am thoroughly disappointed. You are an ambassador for the Phillies organization and this is an outrage.

    I will be contacting the Philadelphia front office with my displeasure immediately.

    Thank you Jim for all you did.

    1. I think this is a great idea. I am all for a signed petition or something like that telling them how offended we all are. I’m a partial season ticket holder – they should know that people who pay good money to see the team don’t like this and are offended.

  8. Jim

    This news is complete BS. It is rude and bad business. And really poor taste to do it on opening day. You bring so much good PR to the Phils org. It makes no sense. That said, please do not be upset by it or take it personally. People make bad decisions all the time and you got caught up in a bad decision for all bloggers. You have done amazing work over the last 5 years that has brought great happiness to many Phans all over the world. You should be very proud.

  9. Bad dressing Ivy leaguer showed what an elitist punk he is Jim your blog is the only way i get info. I love this site. My only criticism has been how you protect the Phillies brass. F them

  10. Jim. Sorry to hear this. You are my first morning duty. You provide viewpoints, conversation and insight on players.
    No reason except you’ve “-issed” someone off. We will miss your insight, humor .
    Best

  11. Cannot help think Kapler is influencing this ‘make over’ within the organization.
    Rid the org of the older people who were there prior to his arrival…Joe Jordan, Kranitz, et al…..and then implement his Dodger philosophy he used four years ago when he was their director.

    1. It seems highly unlikely that Gabe Kapler makes a decision about who gets credentialed at a minor league park. More something from, or blessed by, Klentak or MacPhail or whoever is running the system now.

      1. He did it in the Dodgers org when he became the Director of their Player Developmental program…micro managed their minor league system.
        Denying press credentials to bloggers is not big thing…after all Kapler was also a blogger in 2014…..the ‘legitimate’ press guys still have access under his philosophy.

        1. So what? He’s the major league manager. He’s focused on winning each game for the major league team – who gets press credentials in Clearwater is entirely outside of his job description and his realm of concern. Why would he get involved in that or care about that? It makes no sense.

          1. And how do you know this?
            Why don’t you do a little homework on his background in the Dodger org as their Director of Player development………try starting with Nick Francona.

            1. I don’t KNOW this, nor do you. The point is that it has absolutely nothing to do with his current job whereas it was within the reach of his prior job for the Dodgers. So, if you want to continue with this strange conspiracy theory, have at it, but it would shock me if even gave two you know whats about this, let alone got involved.

            2. catch……how strange of a conspiracy theory is it when the FBI had to open a RICO investigation!
              And to think he has no influence at all within the minor league system is a bit naiveté.
              And i would question it more if the top manager in the org does not talk at all with the Director of Player Development and express his desires….Josh Bonifay.
              .

            3. I don’t question his influence, I question why on earth the manager of the major league team would care two dog turds about who gets credentials at Brighthouse Networks Field in Clearwater. He doesn’t have time to waste with that nonsense – what you are saying makes no sense. And, again, the other stuff you are mentioning, WAS within the scope of his job with the Dodgers minor league system.

            4. When the FBI convened a Grand Jury to investigate the Dodgers.. naming
              both Andrew Freidman and Gabe….it was their minor league system and talent acquisition into that system that was the root of the investigation….the importation of foreign players, Cubans in this case, under nefarious circumstances…thus the RICO charges were levied.
              The investigation I assume is ongoing since nothing has been revealed yet.
              Now when it comes to the Phillies……it was not just Clearwater….but according to Jim every affiliate, so it had to come from the headquarters.
              Now Gabe could have easily just mentioned to Klentak the need for more privacy and less transparency.
              Who knows….but could have been said in passing before they broke camp.
              There are many reasons that something like this was done.
              What about this…..the PP site is probably the only one of all the Phillies sites that are out there…..that the parents of the young players read.
              how do they feel when posters are mentioning that their son is a ‘bust’ or whatever negative comments that are used to describe their son’s performance.
              The parents, or maybe just one may be all it takes, could have said something to the Phillies FO about it.
              There can be many reasons that could have had this to occur.
              Or just maybe it was an oversight of one of the staff personnel.

  12. Sorry Jim for the poor treatment by the paranoid Phillies executives. We’ll still be Phils fans when they’re all gone. Keep doing your thing, we all appreciate you very much.
    As for the games, what’s with all the Ks? And Cabral hits our only homer, a lively source. Tough first night except for Reading pitching.

    1. Tracy Peyton here (Jim’s better half) I have never commented prior to today… I see the loooong hours my husband devoted to this site and his passion with the Phillies…. that being said… I was more disappointed than Jim was (at first) I even made him return our season passes!!! Well, he received a phone call from Philadelphia, they said it was a mistake and they will give him his pass!! Thank you all for supporting my hardcore Phillie Phan husband!

      1. Tracy, Thanks.

        Like everyone here, we live each day for Jim’s reports, the vast volume of always pertinent information he provides and his insight. We admire his work and are thankful for his efforts. And you can imagine the appreciation of the players’ families.

        Finally, thanks to you for supporting Jim in his endeavors. I know there must be times when you’d prefer he stay at home for the evening, so your support is part of PhuturePhillies success, too.

        Glad to hear it was a mistake. As someone said earlier in this thread, there is such a thing as digital media and PhuturePhillies is definitely that, not a blog.

  13. What a garbage decision by the Phillies — your writing only drives interest in the entire organization and gives these people free publicity. For someone like you Jim, who works for free and out of a passion for the game, this is slap in the face.

    I think the decision must be competitive — something about their competition learning more than the Phillies want them to learn — about the minor leaguers. Or else (and perhaps especially because of this) it truly is insane.

  14. Looks like the Phillies Official site has upped their daily coverage of Minor League affiliates with box scores and daily top performers.

  15. This may be a case of the Phillies cutting off their nose to spite their face. Sure, there are some garbage blogs and social media outlets around, and the Phillies are probably taking measures against them in particular. I would tend to agree that this isn’t personal regarding Jim’s work, reports and relationships with insiders. They can’t pick and choose in the name of freedom of speech principles. But all the same, it’s a shame. While I understand their distaste for trolls and troublemakers, censoring these enterprises is unhealthy and only promotes and enables eventual corruption of power from within.

    Romus, time will tell how much influence Gabe Kapler has in any situation like this. Too early for me to assume that.

  16. I do not post here but I have been visiting this site daily for over a decade. I truly appreciate all your efforts. This is an absolute outrage. I already sent a strongly-worded letter to the organization and encourage you all to do the same: fanfeedback@phillies.mlb.com.

    1. I just emailed the following:

      I am a long time reader of phuturephillies.com, which is my main vehicle to follow the Phillies minor league prospects and teams. I was just informed that the media credentials of one of the bloggers was rescinded last night and that you have done so for all bloggers. As a fan, I really disagree with this approach. Jim from phuturephillies.com constantly puts out great PR for your organization and gets us closer to the players. Lack of transparency will mean more rumors and false assumptions by fans. I think that it is a bad business decision and not fan friendly.

      I strongly urge you to re-consider that ban.

    2. Agreed!

      I just wrote the following to this address:

      Dear Phillies:

      My wife and I are partial season ticket holders and have been since 2010. I am also an avid fan of the Phillies’ minor league farm system which I follow religiously.

      It has come to my attention that James Peyton, who runs the site Phuturephillies.com has, for reasons not explained to him, been denied his media credential this year at the Clearwater stadium.

      I must tell you that I am very upset and disappointed by this decision. The Phuturephillies website is among the best run minor league prospect sites in all of baseball and Mr. Peyton is, from what I can tell, a very neutral voice and ardent supporter of the team. He is always fair and muted in his treatment of the organization on the site and all who contribute to the site and have met him speak highly of him.

      Interest in Phuturephillies promotes an interest in the farm team and major league team and I would politely ask you to restore Mr. Peyton’s credential for the benefit all of those who love the Phillies and their prospects.

      Best regards,

    3. Thanks, CG. Great idea! I just sent my email.
      Please, everyone who values Phuture Phillies should do likewise.

    4. CG, Thanks. I just sent a message in support of Jim as a digital journalist. Hopefully, as Tracy said, it was just a mistake and is being corrected. However, it doesn’t hurt to reinforce the message to the Phillies that Jim’s valuable service to fans, players, families and, indeed, to the Phillies organization, deserves respect.

  17. And I wrote the following:

    “Dear Phillies:

    My wife and I are partial season ticket holders and have been since 2010. I am also an avid fan of the Phillies’ minor league farm system which I follow religiously.

    It has come to my attention that James Peyton, who runs the site Phuturephillies.com has, for reasons not explained to him, been denied his media credential this year at the Clearwater stadium.

    I must tell you that I am very upset and disappointed by this decision. The Phuturephillies website is among the best run minor league prospect sites in all of baseball and Mr. Peyton is, from what I can tell, a very neutral voice and ardent supporter of the team. He is always fair and muted in his treatment of the organization on the site and all who contribute to the site and have met him speak highly of him.

    Interest in Phuturephillies promotes an interest in the farm team and major league team and I would politely ask you to restore Mr. Peyton’s credential for the benefit all of those who love the Phillies and their prospects.

    Best regards,”

  18. Wow Jim, sorry to hear this. My Dad and I tune into the site daily. The last 5 years have been a pleasure. I will be reaching out to the big club’s PR department about this debacle. If anything, they should hire you into the organization.

  19. Another example of few rotten apples spoils the whole basket. With a great offseason, McPhail-Klentak tandem gained more prominence and possibly given more power to overhaul the whole system – or maybe not, I don’t know. But who else has the authority do change policies and practices other than the head of baseball operations.

    A free Phillies insider is one of the best gifts a Phillies fan can have. I always believe that fans like us who are frequent in blog sites like PP are more knowledgeable than the casual fans mainly because of the inside information we obtained from this site. Writers from MLB, BA, BP, etc can create good articles but nothing better than the actual field report that Jim P. is providing to all of us.

    As as fan who spends my hard earned money to support both the major and minor league organizations, this is a shame and not a well thought decision to make. I will be writing my displeasure to the Phillies PR team as well!

  20. Some scouting tweets from last night:

  21. My email to the Phillies: “I will not attend any Phillies or affiliates games, or buy any merchandise until his press credentials are restored.” Money talks.

  22. I cannot say I understand the inner workings of ‘social media’. But I do understand quality journalism; and that is what you produce. It is unfortunate that the organization has treated you in this manner for some unilateral policy. But for me your greatest talent is just your willingness to observe the obvious. In my previous youth I work for a newspaper and an old reporter told me something I will never forget: ‘If you pay attention at each baseball game you attend, you will see something that you have never seen before.’ This is you. I will understand if the situation becomes untenable, but until then I will enjoy the things that you tell me that I haven’t seen before. Much thanks as always.

  23. I am also a daily reader. I can’t rember the last time I felt compelled to post anything. Till today. Thanks Jim for everything you do. I sent an email asking them to reconsider. I hope this gets rectified.

  24. I don’t comment here much, but after hearing about Jim’s media pass being revoked I wrote the Phillies an email about my extreme displeasure about this. I’ve been a follower on this site for 10 years and I go to it daily during the season and would be a huge loss for me personally if it were to go. Not sure if my email with go on deaf ears, but for this websites sake I had to try. Thanks Jim for everything you’ve done for the last 5 years years, your content has been invaluable to an out of state fan like myself.

    Matt

  25. Thank you all for your support. I received a call from the Phillies. My credentials have been restored in large part due to the email traffic they received from all of you. Thank you.

    1. Great to hear, Jim !!!
      I just came here to report I had just emailed the team, and to say how sorry I was to hear of the hassles you were going through.

      Now that that’s over … keep up the great work !!!!!!

    2. @Jim P. – I’m happy for the quick turn around!! This is probably the least we can do for you to return the favor for all the hard work you did for all of us.

    3. That’s a fantastic turnaround, Jim. Glad it didn’t (nor shouldn’t) take an act of Congress for them to do the right thing. Carry on and thanks for keeping us all in the loop.

    4. Jim, Great.

      For the record, this is the email i sent to the Phillies:

      To whoever reads this:

      I understand that pulling Jim Peyton’s media pass was a mistake and will be corrected.

      I certainly hope so. Jim’s PhuturePhillies site is a “must read” for hundreds of devoted Phillies fans each day. He provides information not available elsewhere and helps breed enthusiasm for, and loyalty to, the Phillies organization. He also is highly respectful of all players and their families and assures that posters to his message boards meet the same standards.

      It is fair to say that the best and most thorough reporting on Phillies prospects, and the organization in general, is from Jim Peyton on PhuturePhillies.

      His service also is a service to the families of the players who can follow the exploits of sons, brothers, husbands through this site.

      Supposedly, pulling his pass was aimed at bloggers. That in itself is mean-spirited and short sighted. However, PhuturePhillies is not a blog. It is digital media and as deserving of respect as any newspaper, magazine or broadcast outlet.

  26. Hi Patrick,

    Thank you for taking the time to write to the Phillies about your support for Jim Payton. Jim’s coverage on the Phuture Phillies will continue. Upon further review, his credential has been reinstated.

    Thank you again,
    The Phillies

  27. Jim

    Very glad to know that sanity has been restored – – along with your credentials. The information and perspective which you provide is truly priceless!

  28. Longtime reader who doesn’t post very often

    I’m glad I finished reading the comments before I sent that nasty email I was typing up to the Phillies!

    Keep up the great work Jim! It is much appreciated.

  29. Jim, you deserve our support because you do a great job. You are an asset to the team and provide a huge service to all of us. Plus, you work for free. I am thrilled this worked out.

  30. matt13…spot on.
    This is Jim’s passion, which also kindles the spirit of the Philly fan base.

      1. roc…LOL….get out from under that rock.
        He is projected right now as a TOR ceiling pitcher.
        MLB.com has him at number five in the system with the following ratings:
        FB 65 Sldr: 55 CB: 50 CU 50 Control: 45 Overall: 50

        1. Romus in the reading game top of tenth, they put a runner on 2nd to start the inning,The runner scores on a pass ball or wild pitch i forget, The pitcher isnt charged with a era? So my question starting with runner on 2nd and you give up a single and he scores, do you get the loss?

            1. That is so unfair, if a guy comes into a game, and inherited a runner on and that guy scores, the winning run, he isnt charged with the loss. the pitcher who gave up the hit is charged.

  31. Moniak goes yard, Hall doubles, a little more and it would have been a double. Last night the wind was blowing hard, left to right so tonight perhaps will see more HR’s.

  32. Very happy to hear Jim’s credential was reinstated. Jim, as many have stated already, your work on this site is so much appreciated and valued. Thank you for your dedication to the Phillies Pharm system!

  33. Today was a very rare day that I didn’t get to this site until tonight – I was angry enough to turn off the TV on the Phillies until I got to Tracy’s comment. Luckily I read that Jim was reinstated just before Segura’s hit. Jim I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your work on this site over the last years. Your efforts and the comments (most of them) have really increased my knowledge and enjoyment of the game. Thank you!

  34. Great to hear Jim. I was going to put my two cents in to Johnny Almarez because you are an ASSET to the Phillies as are all the people that post on the site. I thoroughly enjoy it and read it everyday. Great to hear everything is all good. I Just got done watching reading make a nice comeback on Milbtv. GO PHILLIES!

  35. That’s awesome, I’ve been here since before we started Drabek and Savery. What Jim does for free is unprecedented, thankfully the Phillies wised up.

  36. Just got my daily read for today… and I, like many, many, MANY others, was mad and disappointed.

    Thanks so much to loyal readers for expressing our extreme support of this excellent site and media coverage. Thanks for posting link to Phillies feedback and creating grass roots campaign for Jim and this absolutely awesome site. In my opinion, there is no sports content anywhere that is as good!

    Jim, my extreme appreciation to you for somehow maintaining this site from the previous caretakers and improving upon it. It seems like beyond a full time job and, like so many others who commented today/yesterday, I want to Thank You so much for your excellent reporting. It really is the best!

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